Brent started his career in Vancouver where he was exposed to the resource-laden VSE and spent 10 years cutting his teeth on junior mining ventures. During the mining downturn in the late 1990s, he switched his focus to small/micro-cap businesses and technology ventures – an area that was less widely followed or understood and ultimately played to Brent’s strengths. Since the early 2000s, Brent has been employing a value/bottom-up strategy to deliver exceptional returns for clients whose objective is wealth creation. He has a unique ability to recognize the start of success as well as the patience to wait for rewards to be realized.
As a specialist in small-cap and micro-cap investing outside the resources sector he conducts his own in-depth research, including site visits, and draws on his accounting background to run the numbers on promising start-ups. In contrast to larger companies, smaller companies offer easier access to key decision-makers such as the CEO and CFO’s. This combined with a limited number of revenue streams contributing to the bottom line makes it possible for Brent to get a thorough grasp and understanding of a business before investing in it. Due to the fact a great deal of these ventures are small and micro-cap, if successful, the returns are generally much greater than the broader markets. Brent considers his strengths in recognizing and apportioning appropriate risk reward strategies for his large retail base towards these businesses.
Brent has a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in accounting from the University of British Columbia. His hobbies include golfing and collecting wine and many of his travels are in pursuit of these two interests with recent trips to Scotland and New Zealand.